Lullaby for the King

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Beaming Books
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9.4 X 11.27 X 0.41 inches | 1.09 pounds

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About the Author

Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of the 2022 Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2020 ALAN Award, the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her works include Garvey's Choice, Bedtime for Sweet Creatures, Southwest Sunrise, Bronx Masquerade, Ordinary Hazards, One Last Word, Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

Michelle Carlos is a Filipina illustrator based in Germany. Her art is largely informed by her lucid dreams, childhood memories, and global perspective based on her life abroad and travels with her husband. On Christmases away from her birthplace, Michelle makes traditional lanterns while singing carols and drinking warm tea.


"Grimes imagines in reverent, distinctive verse a lengthy caravan of creatures bearing gifts for the Bethlehem-born babe--'the Holy One' ... Carlos uses greens, pinks, and purples in engaging, saturated art, en route to a moving stable denouement featuring a lullaby sung by attendant angels." --Publishers Weekly

"Grimes and Carlos' take on the birth of Jesus celebrates the majesty and diversity of the natural world. Grimes' lush verse is brought to life by Carlos' vibrant, ornate art, which depicts the fancifully colored animals striking dynamic poses and carrying sumptuous gifts. Text and visuals strike a wonderful balance between whimsy and solemnity. . . . Masterful prose and exquisite images combine for an unforgettable Nativity retelling." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Readers of all ages will be drawn in by the exotic creatures and vibrant colors that enhance this lovely tale. The illustrations in this beautiful book are sumptuous. While it is certainly a soothing visual treat for bedtime, the story also offers amazing vocabulary-building opportunities for growing readers. . . . Another winner by Grimes that is sure to become a new classic." --School Library Journal

"Readers ages four to eight will find their sense of reverence awakened and deepened by this story and song." --Spirituality and Practice